2010 11.6 mba aftermarket 256gb??? later on?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by 1rottenapple, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. 1rottenapple macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2004
    Ok folks but does anyone know if there are possible aftermarket flash memory upgrade for the 11.6 in air? Also is there an estimated time when they ship? Just curious cause I am debating getting the 64gig model and upgrading later...
  2. Thiol macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2008
    No one knows for certain. PhotoFast has publicized a possible upgrade with no specs or details. Toshiba is selling the 256 GB SSD used in the 13" MBA, but it's not clear that it will fit in the 11" model. So the bottom line is that there is nothing definite on the horizon.
  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Yes. The SSD is just help by one screw


    Photofast and Toshiba have announced 256GB "blade" SSDs but availability and prices are unknown.
  4. Over Achiever macrumors 68000

    Over Achiever

    Jul 22, 2002
    Toledo, OH, formerly Twin Cities, MN
    It's not clear that the 256 GB will fit. The thickness of the 256 blade is twice the thickness of the 64 and 128 GB blades due to placing memory chips on both sides of the card. So it is unclear whether it will be too thick for the 11.6" model.
  5. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008

    We know the SSD is replaceable and that while the chosen format is new, it looks like Toshiba (the OEM) will be selling them and that others plan to offer that type is SSD.

    So going from 64gb to 128gb is definitely possible, although not sure the price or hassle get you much buying a low spec model then upgrading.

    But currently the 256gb SSD are double sided (thicker than the single sided 128gb ones we know fit) and no one knows if they will fit in an 11.6" MBA.

    So I would not count on it but if that format of SSD becomes common, it's possible at some point in the future as memory densities continue to increase (or someone finds a way to put an existing 256gb in).
  6. barmann macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2010
    For the time being, an HDD upgrade for the MBA will be quite expensive, once/if they will be available.
    And the HDD you remove will be worthless.

    This might be the only time Apple is offering a factory harddrive upgrade at a fair price, take it while it lasts . ;)
  7. weckart macrumors 601

    Nov 7, 2004
    Yes and no. The extracted HDD could likely go into a casing to make a faster than average external HDD. Of course, this would make more sense with USB3 onboard.
  8. 1rottenapple thread starter macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2004
    Ah ok look like I should get the 128 then since it'll be a while before more storage will come out!
  9. drjsway macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2009
    Regardless of if it fits now, I'm sure they will make a 256GB blade with chips only on one side in the future when it becomes cheap enough to do so. Either way, 11" MBA owners will eventually get 256GB and larger upgrades,
  10. chillywilly macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2005
    Salt Lake City
    This is my hope as I am in the MBA 11" future owner camp.
  11. iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2010
    That's what I did. I would have loved to have 256G but I got 128G since it is not immediately upgradable. By the time someone sells a 256G upgrade Apple may have a an upgraded MBA model that includes other improvements (making me think twice about just a SSD upgrade). Until then, I want the most I can currently buy...128G in the 11.6" 'Ultimate'

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